Instructional Design and Technology

How Much Self Video do Video-lectures need?

I think the camera on the computers is located in the wrong place. Most of the self made video lectures and educational modules that use the laptop/desktop cameras, lack a professional looking frame of the host. Do we need to show the face of the host all the time during the video-lecture? How could we improve this essential part of the presentation?

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Karen Golle

Posted on 11/9/15 11:24:55 AM Permalink

Thank you for your inspiring comments. Variations with an extern camera is a good idea and to use insertions to focus on the content. I'm looking forward to experiment with this. I'm motivated to improve my "old" materials towards more media-based learning and teaching.

Do you have experiences concerning a different learning of your students or a better learning outcome?

Eliot Attridge

Posted on 8/4/14 12:05:08 AM Permalink

Your point about the camera on laptops is a good one. The reason it is where it is is for web conferencing, not for filming videos.

Personally I find always having the person giving the talk or lecture distracting. I prefer to see the content and hear the presentation.

So, if you want to create a more engaging video presentation I would recommend using an external camera. This could be a Video camera or there are some nifty HD web cams that can be positioned differently.

You should also change your microphone. The sound that you record will be better with a dedicated external mic. I use a Yeti for recordings.

Jody Campbell

Posted on 8/16/14 3:38:35 PM Permalink

I like the idea of using a external camera and built in mics are horrible as they capture all ambient sound.


Posted on 7/31/14 9:35:18 PM Permalink

Hi Alisha: Your idea is great. I have not used Presenter yet, I have to explore it and see if the university has this program available. Thanks for your comments. Thank you so much for the link. All the best, Claudia

Jody Campbell

Posted on 8/16/14 3:37:22 PM Permalink

Presenter is a really great tool that would allow the viewer to focus on the content.

Alisha Crawford

Posted on 7/31/14 7:50:34 PM Permalink

I've been trying to get faculty at my university on board with more diverse ways of presenting flipped lectures than the point in shoot face style. I'm encouraging some of the more adventurous faculty to use Adobe Presenter 10. If an Instructor knows PowerPoint and uses Adobe Presenter 10, they can add supporting images (drag n drop) onto the screen and have the handouts or notes show and capture screen content along with webcam video. It's not too hard to learn and or use Adobe Presenter 10 check out some examples of real world video lectures using Presenter. Let me know if this is more what you mean.